On the other side of mental health

I remember starting therapy over 2 years ago for severe anxiety and depression, but more specifically with a life-altering diagnosis of OCD. As she reviewed the physiology of OCD and the treatment plan with me, I sat there and asked, shocked at the possibility, "So what do I do and what will I think about … Continue reading On the other side of mental health

Self-Blame Game

It's vicious. It's a cycle that is hard to get out of. It traps you. It is unfair but feels so appropriate. You roll the dice, move forward, but then the next time it's your turn you lose momentum and slide backwards to where you started. It becomes a tango, sliding forward and backward, excited … Continue reading Self-Blame Game

Be Self-Aware and Ask “Why?”

Sometimes people ask me how I handle my OCD and anxiety so well. My therapist said I was impressive, highly aware, and in tune with myself and my thoughts. Someone asked me if I was a therapist after the OCD support group I go to because "I was aware and had a knack for talking … Continue reading Be Self-Aware and Ask “Why?”

Lessons Learned from Relationship Focused OCD

My first day of my first experience in intensive therapy I was asked to write down my thoughts one day from wake to sleep. I kid you not, by 9am I wrote "exhausted and yawning" (I had gotten up at 6:30). I looked at the journal and realized it was literally one page of thoughts … Continue reading Lessons Learned from Relationship Focused OCD